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Agricultural Questions / Re: Grain Driers
« Last post by EdwinwritoEE on March 06, 2019, 02:20:23 PM »
Hello. And Bye.
Sheep Chat! / Sheep farming experience wanted
« Last post by Bigga2583 on September 13, 2018, 01:10:30 PM »
Hi looking for some sheep farming experience in the bigga or crookwell areas. Any form of learning and hands on experience would be appreciated
Sheep Chat! / Sheep farming experience wanted
« Last post by Bigga2583 on September 13, 2018, 11:14:29 AM »
hi I’m looking to spend some time understanding the basics of sheep farming in the bigga crookwell areas. Anybody that’s willing to assist I would be grateful.
Latest Farming Technologies / Re: Automated watering system
« Last post by mobydisc on September 12, 2018, 12:10:07 PM »


I am keen too. However I don't live on the farm. We are heading up at the end of the month. I have a few tasks to do there and it will be full on. One of the tasks will be repairing water guttering on a shed. The water collected off the roof will be stored in a water tank that is there. I will have to purchase and set up a water pump and then look at purchasing a small holding tank.

I would prefer to do all this and have it set up before considering an automated watering system as this would take up limited time and resources.

Latest Farming Technologies / Re: Automated watering system
« Last post by mobydisc on September 03, 2018, 08:37:22 PM »
Hi rramesh. Yes I would be interest to learn of the product you plan to sell in Australia . I am heading to the farm at the end of September. One of my main tasks will be to get in order the rain water collection in order. There is a 20,000 litre water tank to collect the water.

I plan to install an electric pump and piping to pump the water from this tank up to a smaller holding tank. The pump will be controlled by float switches in both tanks. Water will flow from this tank to the irrigation system that is downhill. The holding tank is next to the house. There is both electricity and Internet available there. Internet access is always on and is broadband.

Over time I plan to expand the system by installing more water tanks.
Fruit and Vegies / helping out on a vegetable/crop farm
« Last post by vkham on June 24, 2018, 05:57:59 PM »

Im a full time mathematics teacher who has an interest in crops and irrigation. I would be interested in helping out on a farm
during one school holidays

I was wondering if anyone here runs a hobby/small farm that specialises in this?

If so, send me a private message
Latest Farming Technologies / Automated watering system
« Last post by mobydisc on June 19, 2018, 10:32:32 AM »


I'm considering setting up an automated watering system for my orchard. I'd be looking at having a system that will automatically start watering when certain conditions are met such as soil moisture dropping below a certain level or a certain amount of rain not falling over a certain period of time. So for example 5mm of rain not falling in two days. If the conditions were met then the irrigation system would open up for a set period of time, say an hour and then close.

So the system would require receiving weather data, either from a weather station or weather service. It would also require sensors to collect data and then a system to record it. The system would need to take action based on the data received.

There are a number of youtube videos about this topic. I really like what this fellow did for his little garden.

Has anyone gone down this path and can share stories of what they used and how it went for them?

Tips & Tricks / Re: Tractors
« Last post by mobydisc on May 28, 2018, 12:34:30 PM »


I too am looking at tractors but a bit smaller than the ones talked of here. I'm looking at getting a sub compact tractor with a front end loader. This tractor would be used to help move stuff around as I plant and maintain an orchard. I'm looking at planting a few hundred trees and want to mulch them to help improve the soil around the trees, reduce weeds and retain more water.

I'm looking at little Massey Fergusons such as the GC 1705 and Kubota BXes. However there are these Chinese Dong Feng tractors. Currently there is a deal going for about $16K with five implements. I have no idea about Chinese tractors and haven't even seen one. The price is good but I'm wary of them. I am talking to a fellow on utube who has posted videos of him using one. He likes it and says he has done about 300 hours on it without a problem.

I used to drive a big old SAME tractor, rated at about 70HP. Its still on the farm but I'm not interested driving such a big tractor anymore and it wouldn't be much use for building an orchard.

Poultry Forum / Re: Chook Feed.
« Last post by Keith on May 08, 2018, 08:34:47 AM »
IO scratch mix is a good product and a decent price?
Thank you for the info, much appreciated. I will check it out.
Feral Animals / Re: Growing feed for Deer & Roos.
« Last post by Keith on May 08, 2018, 08:32:45 AM »
what is the purpose of your question? are you trying to encourage deer and roos on your property with the idea of hunting them?
Deer prefer a mixed diet of grazing herbs, legumes and grasses (without endophyte). In recent years, grazing herbs (chicory, plantain) have become a valuable inclusion in deer pastures. Chicory and plantain are both productive species that contain elevated minerals including copper, selenium and cobalt.
Encourage yes, hunt no. Thank you for the information.
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